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Learning About Happiness


2013-1224 Logan LaPlanteI was looking for information about the benefits of a positive attitude when I found the following video. The speaker in the video discusses happiness which, in my mind, is essential to a positive attitude. If you do not see the connection, try to imagine a scenario in which it is possible to be happy and have a negative attitude. I could not think of such a scenario. Having decided the topic of the video is related to a positive attitude, I decided to watch the video.

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If you are unhappy, or you have advice for others who are unhappy, leave your comments below this post.


Thanks to  Logan LaPlante for sharing his ideas; TEDx University of Nevada for providing the forum in which LaPlante shared his ideas; YouTube for hosting the video; and all the other people who, either directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to use the picture, video, and text I used in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

2 Responses to “Learning About Happiness”

  • Wendy says:

    As a teacher, I still think there IS a place for “regular” school. I think it is important to nurture more than we teach at school, but I think the foundation we provide is important too. I believe the “extra” education this kid is experiencing and what I provide are NOT mutually exclusive. Why can’t a parent provide these same experiences to appeal to their child’s individual interests in the evenings, on weekends and vacations? Why couldn’t this theory work in concert with the socialization and basics schools provide? Just a thought.

    • Scott says:

      Wendy, I absolutely agree with you — the two styles of teaching do not have to be mutually exclusive. However, I see two major hurdles. Some teachers prefer to teach standards rather than experiences, and some parents are not properly trained or financially able to provide their children the “best” education. I don’t know how to fix the problem, but I am definitely open to suggestions. Hopefully, someone who reads our comments will share their ideas about educating the masses and teaching students to be happy, healthy, curious, safe, knowledgeable, and caring people.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.